National day of Reflection

Browns to mark National Day of Reflection on 23 March

A national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved is being marked by Browns Health and Safety.

Spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie, and set to take place on Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown – Browns is committed to marking the National Day of Reflection, alongside a host of organisations, MPs, and celebrities who are backing the day.

Browns Health and Safety Director Steve Ruddick said: “The pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. In joining the National Day of Reflection we are not only remembering those who are no longer with us, but also offering our condolences and support to anyone who has been affected by events of the last year.”

The team at Browns will join in the national silence to remember and reflect at 12pm and will continue to encourage people to reach out to friends, family and colleagues in need.

Marie Curie estimates that over three million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, yet many have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve.

The National Day of Reflection will give the nation and communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died during this time and show support for our families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.

Marie Curie warns that without the right support for people who have been bereaved, the devastation that the pandemic has caused will impact the lives of people for generations.

Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: “We need to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen this year and show support for everyone who has been bereaved in the most challenging of circumstances.  We cannot simply stand by and not recognise the effects the pandemic has had on the bereaved. We know people are in shock, confused, upset, angry and unable to process what has happened.

“The National Day of Reflection on 23 March gives us a moment to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of everyone that has died, as well as show our support to family, friends and colleagues who are bereaved during these challenging times – from Covid and other causes.”

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection. #DayofReflection

 


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Ventilation key for COVID-Secure workplaces

The HSE is placing increasing importance on ensuring workplaces are well ventilated during the pandemic.

Updated advice has been published to help businesses identify and improve poorly ventilated areas. It also includes guidance on other factors to consider when assessing the risk from aerosol transmission.

 

Guidance includes maximising the fresh air in a space by:

  • natural ventilation, ensuring air flow through windows, doors and air vents that can be fully or partially opened
  • mechanical ventilation, using fans and ducts to bring in fresh air from outside
  • a combination of natural and mechanical ventilation, for example where mechanical ventilation relies on natural ventilation to maximise fresh air

Read the updated guidance and find out how you can provide adequate ventilation in your workplace, helping to protect workers and visitors.

 

 


Site safety

CITB Site Safety Plus grace period to end in April

The grace period for CITB site safety plus refreshers ends on 30 April 2021.

After this date, anyone needing to renew their existing SSSTS or SMSTS training must do so before their qualification expires.

If you completed either the site safety plus scheme for supervisors (SSSTS) or managers (SMSTS) five years ago then time is running out to refresh a recently-expired qualification.

The Site Safety Plus Scheme team said: "All delegates have until 30 April 2021 to join a SSSTS/SMSTS refresher course, if their current certificate expired after 1 October 2020."

Book a place on our next CITB SSSTS or SMSTS renewal courses and refresh your knowledge of health and safety for construction sites.

We're running both courses in Lutterworth this April to keep certificates up-to-date.

SSSTS Refresher - 15 April 2021, £180 + VAT

SMSTS Refresher - 26 & 27 April 2021, £295 + VAT

Book now by calling 01455 203 600 or email mandy@brownshealthandsafety.co.uk.

All face-to-face training is in our COVID-Secure office, with a maximum of six people per course.

 


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We're Hiring: Join our team as a trainee construction health and safety consultant

We’re looking to expand our team and welcome a trainee health and safety consultant on board to support our construction clients.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a driven and safety-conscious individual to join our friendly team and contribute to the continued growth of the businesses.

With a salary of between £20,000 and £22,000 depending on experience we also offer a company mobile, laptop and mileage allowance to ensure you can work on-site, on our premises or at home, while also providing workplace pension, healthcare, ongoing CPD and training. By joining the Browns team you’ll support projects and organisations across the country to ensure our clients have no health and safety or wellbeing worries.

Your new job:

  • Support our varied clients with their health and safety requirements
  • Regularly complete on-site audits for clients and projects, including writing full audit reports
  • Create and prepare pre-construction documents and construction phase plans
  • Advise and support clients with applications to CHAS, SMAS and Construction Line

About you:

  • You’re experienced in the world of construction and have a full understanding of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  • You have completed CITB SMSTS or similar
  • A NEBOSH qualification is desirable but not essential
  • You’ve got a full UK Driving Licence and your own transport

If this sounds like you and you’d like to know more, contact karen@brownshealthandsafety.co.uk.

About us:

Browns Health and Safety has been supporting businesses across the Midlands and beyond for more than 25 years. We believe that health and safety needn’t be scary. We deliver training and offer advice and support in an easy to understand way to ensure businesses and individuals can focus on what they do best, armed with the knowledge to keep them safe and well.

We work with companies from a range of sectors, including construction, where we provide industry-accredited training and support. We’re at ease whether we’re supporting major construction projects or training individuals. Everything we do is tailored to meet client need, not our own.


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England's tier restrictions and working with Browns

Following England’s move from national lockdown to a three-tier system, we want to reassure you that we’re still here to help.

As of 00:01 on Wednesday, 2 December 2020, Browns offices in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, are in Tier 3, the highest for restrictions. Our consultants and staff are continuing to follow government guidance and maintaining social distancing and reducing contact when it isn’t necessary.

Consultants are providing email and phone advice and support and, where COVID-Secure measures can be maintained, completing audits and visits. Face Fit testing is also carrying on, either on-site at your premises, or in our offices.

Our COVID-Secure offices remain open for training with reduced staff and visitor numbers. Social distancing should always be maintained and we ask all visitors to wear a face covering, where possible, when not in the training room. Read our Covid measures for training.

The reflexology treatment room remains closed to maintain reduced numbers in the building.


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Browns operating through England's November lockdown

Following the announcement of a four-week lockdown across England, we want to reassure you that we’re still here to support you.

In line with the new measures our staff will work from home and continue to provide advice and support via phone and email.

I have an audit / visit booked, will this go ahead?
Our consultants will continue their visits where there is need and demand. If you’re happy for an arranged audit to continue and our staff are able to ensure government guidance is followed, these can remain in place.
Should you wish to postpone a visit please contact your consultant to rearrange.

Is training going ahead?
We are committed to ensuring people can continue to access training to support their jobs. Many of our clients work in the construction and manufacturing industry and health & safety training is something that remains very much a requirement for their safe working environments.
Our COVID-Secure training room will remain open to ensure workforces continue to work safely and complete essential training.

See how we're keeping delegates and trainers safe

I want to cancel my training booking
While our delegates and staff are happy to attend training sessions, we will keep courses running.
Should you wish to postpone training that’s fine too, we are happy to look for future dates that meet your needs.
If you wish to cancel a booking our terms and conditions will apply.

We will let you know if there are any changes.


Reopening reflexology treatment room on hold

From Monday, 13 July, physical therapy businesses can start to reopen, so we wanted to let you know our plans for reflexology as we reintroduce services.

As much as we can’t wait to welcome you back into the reflexology treatment room, we’re not quite ready to open it up again.

We are pleased that there has been no interruption in the way we have supported clients with advice and consultancy services throughout the pandemic.  The team has worked hard to introduce procedures and adapt our services. When we reintroduce reflexology services we want to make sure everything is Covid-Secure and we can offer a safe, but welcoming and relaxing environment.

At the moment this isn’t something we can introduce while ensuring the continued safe delivery of other services and work in our offices.

We will keep you updated and as soon as we’re ready to open the treatment room we will publish our opening date here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Leicester lockdown update: We're still open

We want to reassure clients and delegates that, following the Government’s announcement of increased restrictions in Leicester, our offices are open and not included within the lockdown area.

All of our staff, including consultants and trainers, live outside of the area covered by additional restrictions and we will continue to provide training with reduced class sizes and health and safety support to businesses.

Read details on the measures we've introduced in our offices for delegates and visitors.


Training resumes at Browns

We are pleased to announce that we are once again welcoming delegates into our Lutterworth training room.

We've worked behind the scenes to ensure our offices are COVID-Secure so we're ready to offer smaller courses.

To ensure the safety of our staff and visitors our courses will be limited to a maximum of five delegates to ensure social distancing. We're still mainly working from home, so you shouldn't see too many people other than the trainer and someone to welcome you, regularly sanitise surfaces and ensure you know where you can wash your hands.

We've had to remove our grazing station, but delegates can still enjoy unlimited refreshments and individually-wrapped biscuits. We're also asking anyone joining us to bring their own lunch.

Read how we're keeping everyone safe.


Mental Health Aware training moves online

As with the vast majority of businesses that have had to change their way of working, so have we, so we are offering our first-ever online course.

The four-hour MHFA mental health aware course, running from June, is designed to give delegates an understanding of mental health issues and how to approach them.

The course is held and completed live, so you will experience a Browns’ training room-based course from the comfort of your home or workplace. Join us in our Zoom virtual classroom and receive your course pack direct to your door before the training.

These maiden course dates are offered with a 50% reduction, costing just £60+VAT each.

Next dates:

17 June, 9.30am to 1.30pm

18 June, 9.30am to 1.30pm

To book your place email mandy@brownshealthandsafety.co.uk or call 01455 203 603.